The Information Officer by Mark Mills (2009)
The Information Officer is an old-fashioned WWII suspense novel, reminiscent of Graham Greene. The prolonged and intense Axis bombing of Malta provides the backdrop to a superb spy thriller and work of historical fiction. Tiny Malta in the Mediterranean was a valuable piece of real estate for the Germans and the British during World War II as they vied to gain a toehold in Africa.
Maj. Max Chadwick is charged with putting a positive spin on Malta’s depressing war time situation, and to separate rumor from fact. This directs Max’s choices as he sets out to investigate a serial killer targeting dance hostesses who worked the bars in the capital city’s disreputable quarter.